Make Your Mark in Melbourne Street Art Competition Returns with UEM Sunrise

Last year, I covered the Make Your Mark in Melbourne competition and I saw plenty of talented local artists who took part in the competition. I have blogged about the event here. So this year, the competition is back again and this is definitely a good news for our local artists to participate.

Image archive from last year's competition

Visit Victoria (VV), Publika Shopping Gallery and UEM Sunrise is calling all aspiring and professional Malaysian street artists to take part in the Make Your Mark in Melbourne in collaboration with UEM Sunrise street art competition.

Submit your artwork by 8 April 2018, 5pm via for the chance to get your very own wall at the regional Victoria’s Wall to Wall Benalla 2019, the only street art festival of its kind in Australia, and your share of the RM48,000 total cash prize.

Leonard Siaw. Image captured by Nicole Reed

Last year’s winner, Leonard Siaw, is the first Malaysian street artist to make a mark in Melbourne at the Wall to Wall Benalla 2018; and rubbed shoulders with a host of local and international street artists such as George Rose, Justine McAllister, Lolo Ys, Tim Bowtell; as he painted a 1-storey building.

Upon completing his work of art entitled Fishing Fun, Siaw expressed,” This has been such a fruitful trip for me – it has enriched and widened my point of view of world-class street art culture. It has been amazing to be able to meet so many local and international artists where we shared our knowledge freely. Benalla and Melbourne is such a lovely and creative place”.

Shaun Hossack, artistic director of Wall to Wall Benalla and founder of Juddy Roller Studios – who is head of the competition’s judging panel – shared, “We are pleased to be included in the Make Your Mark In Melbourne programme again. From what Leonard has demonstrated at the recent Wall To Wall Benalla greatly showcases the great talents that can be found in Malaysia. For a long time now, Melbourne is known as one of the world’s great street art capitals for its unique expressions of art found almost everywhere throughout the city and the region. It is such a great place to have an art cultural experience. I can’t wait to take a look at this year’s submissions and see more Malaysian talents making their mark at the Wall to Wall".

A highlight of the Wall to Wall Festival was the completion of the Goorambat silo project, where street artist Dvate painted a giant mural on the silo, highlighting the plight of the Barking Owl, which is endangered in the region. Image captured by Nicole Reed

This year’s participants are invited to submit their original artwork in digital format depicting any one or more of the following Melbourne related themes: food and drink; architecture; arts and culture; events and nature. Ten shortlisted finalists will then be invited to showcase their artistic talents by creating their respective works of art live at the Publika Shopping Gallery. Along with a specially appointed panel of judges, the finalists’ works will also be open for public votes. 

Celia Ho, regional manager of Visit Victoria shared, “Melbourne’s art and culture is already the envy of most. By taking on the second year of this competition, we hope to further showcase Melbourne’s art credentials with our important Malaysian audiences and potential travellers. We are also pleased to work closely with Publika and UEM Sunrise again, both of which are equally driven and passionate to showcase the art movement locally and in Melbourne”.

"We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting initiative for the second year. We strongly advocate the creative arts, be it music, exhibitions and art in all forms. Our affinity with Melbourne is also evident with our developments there notably Aurora Melbourne Central, Conservatory and Zaha Hadid Architects-designed Mayfair. We cannot wait to showcase the works of Malaysian artists, while taking it to an international level,’’ said UEM Sunrise Berhad chief executive officer and managing director, Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib.

Winners will also receive the opportunity to showcase their works at UEM Sunrise developments in Melbourne. 

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  1. Kudos! Now I see another property developer is hosting an innovative event for the community. I applaud them for their contributions towards Arts and Sports.

  2. You get to fly to Melbourne for this event or not?

  3. @TwilightMan: That's right. I think we need more and more events like this for us to appreciate arts in Malaysia.

  4. @suituapui: If they want to fly me over, why not? HAHA


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